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The grim portrait of Nona Djawa

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

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Surakarta, Central Java   /   Wed, March 20 2013   /  10:44 am

Survivor: Sri Sukanti with her family and dogs at her home in Karanganyar, Central Java. Sri was one of the jugun ianfu (comfort women) during the Japanese occupation period in Indonesia.The old woman recounted her gloomy past with trembling lips and erratic breaths, wiping her tears now and again. Her wrinkled face seemingly concealed her bitter experiences.

“For four days, I was forced to accommodate his desires. I wished I was dead. I was no longer human,” she revealed.

She is Sri Sukanti, 81, one of the jugun ianfu (comfort women) during the Japanese occupation period in Indonesia. She told her story in a talk, film screening and photo display entitled Nona Djawa: Di Balik Rekrutmen Sistem Perbudakan Seksual Militer Jepang di Indonesia 1942-1945 (Javanese Maidens: Behind the Japanese Military’s Sexual Slave Recruitment in Indonesia 1942-1945), at Balai Soedjatmoko...